"Turnbull calls for two-stage national vote on an Australian Republic, with a plebiscite before referendum
"MALCOLM Turnbull has called for a new road map on an Australian Republic with a two-stage national vote that includes a plebiscite first to allow voters to choose whether or not the new President will be elected by a popular vote.
But the Prime Minister has again pledged he would not support a referendum during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II on the grounds it is doomed to fail.
Describing the question as an issue of “national pride’’ he proposed the two-stage process to allow voters to determine the model before Australians voted on a Republic at a second national vote.
The Prime Minister’s plan would add millions to the cost but he predicted it would be the only way to ensure Australians believed they “owned’’ the model"
See = http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/n ... b3870d4187
"What is interesting as at this writing is -;
54% of 7,560 votes are AGAINST the idea of a Republic.
This statement from the current Prime Minister says -;
"I also speak to you as Prime Minister, recognising that the Constitution does not belong to the Parliament, or the judges, it belongs to the people. Only they can amend it"
"While technically true, Political moves "around" the Constitution have successfully been made.
For instance, -; Universities were ceded to the States via the Constitution but a past Prime Minister (Socialist Left Wing) changed the application by allowing Open Fee charging to bring in Foreign students who would pay $150,000 for a Degree.
This allowed Universities to be treated as "Corporations" & thus Taxable entities with a GST (Goods & Services Tax) which is a Federal Mandate.
So much for -;
"Constitution does not belong to the Parliament, or the judges, it belongs to the people. Only they can amend it"